Hiring Strategy, Efficiency Get a Boost While Driving Down Costs, Thanks to EverHive and IES

LOS ANGELES (PRNewswire/PRWeb) FEBRUARY 12, 2020 – Riot Games, a global online video game developer and publisher best known for the multiplayer game, League of Legends has selected EverHive and IES to manage its contingent workforce program, WOAR (Workers On Assignment at Riot). EverHive will oversee Riot Games’ overall contingent workforce function to ensure greater time and budget efficiencies as well as strategically grow its program. IES will be responsible for payrolling all direct sourced / pre-identified non-employee workers enhancing compliance and improving worker experience.

According to Entertainment Software Association, the gaming industry employs over 66,000 employees with a whopping additional 144,000 who are contingent or gig workers to support the growing demands of its gamers. Riot Games was founded in 2006 and released its debut title, League of Legends, to worldwide acclaim in 2009. League of Legends has gone on to be the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports. Its annual League of Legends World Championship features is the most widely viewed and followed esports tournament, and it is among the largest and most popular gaming and sporting events in the world.

“As Riot looked for ways to drive cost savings, enhance our compliance, and deliver superior service to our contingent workforce, EverHive was the natural choice to partner with,” says Mike Ricciardi, contingent workforce operations manager. “We knew they could support our overall initiatives with their unique and holistic approach. EverHive and IES made it easy to meet our goals,” Ricciardi continues. “They will allow Riot to meet the staffing challenges in today’s complex hiring market while ensuring workers have an extremely positive work experience while on assignment at Riot.”

EverHive’s team has been building customized contingent workforce programs for Fortune 500 companies across the globe. Its solutions range from fully managed end-to-end contingent workforce solutions and hybrid Managed Service Programs (MSPs) to support for Internally Managed Programs (IMP). These solutions are designed to fit clients’ workforces and cultures, and ultimately drive savings while increasing service excellence. IES provides innovative, streamlined contingent workforce solutions for payroll and tax compliance, risk mitigation, human resources and benefits administration to help clients save time, resources, increase revenue, mitigate risk and ensure compliance. 

“Riot Games is a perfect example of a company who is committed to workforce excellence and taking on the challenge of overhauling their contingent workforce operations to ensure their program is best in class and sustainable,” says Brandon Moreno, president of EverHive. “We are excited and humbled to be their trusted partner in supporting their long term initiatives.”

About Riot Games 
Riot Games was founded in 2006 to develop, publish, and support the most player-focused games in the world. In 2009, Riot released its debut title, League of Legends, to worldwide acclaim. League has gone on to be the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports. 

As League enters its second decade, Riot continues to evolve the game while delivering new experiences to players with games including Legends of Runeterra, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and multiple work-in-progress titles; bringing its popular Teamfight Tactics game mode to mobile platforms; and exploring the world of Runeterra through multimedia projects across TV, music, comic books, and more. 

The annual League of Legends World Championship features qualified esports teams from 13 international leagues. Worlds is the most widely viewed and followed esport tournament, and it is among the largest and most popular gaming and sporting events in the world. 

Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, Riot is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has 2,500+ Rioters in 20+ offices worldwide. Riot has been featured on numerous lists including Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” “25 Best Companies to Work in Technology,” “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials,” and “50 Best Workplaces for Flexibility.” To learn more, visit http://www.riotgames.com 

About EverHive 
EverHive and its team have armed some of the largest companies in the world with contingent workforce solutions including, operations from design to overhaul to tools needed to successfully manage their contingent worker programs. As vanguards of the global workforce, EverHive is one of the few companies in the world guiding top-grossing corporations in maximizing their contingent worker programs. EverHive is proud supporter of diversity and inclusion and is a MBE certified company. To learn more, visit https://everhive.com 

About IES 
Innovative Employee Solutions (IES) is a leading nationwide provider of contingent workforce solutions, specializing in payrolling and independent contractor compliance services. As an Employer of Record, IES supports thousands of employers and recruiters nationwide serving a diverse array of industries including: Defense Contractors, Media and Software, Healthcare, and Information Technology. Founded in 1974 in San Diego, IES has grown into one of the city’s largest women-owned businesses ranking #1 by the SDBJ in addition to ranking #3 in minority owned businesses and received one of the city’s “Best Places to Work” for more than 10 years in a row. To learn more, visit http://www.innovativeemployeesolutions.com

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